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Fence How To & DIY

Improve the value of your home by discovering our fence step-by-step tips & ideas.

Stained fence in garden.

How to Stain a Wood Fence

Using stain is a great alternative to painting, it is less labor intensive and more durable. Here’s the best way to stain your wood fence.

S20 E26, Jenn Largesse installs a vinyl fence

How to Install a Vinyl Fence

House One editor and DIY expert Jenn Largesse installs a low-maintenance fence around her yard to bring it up to code.


How to Install a Privacy Fence

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook works with a fencing contractor to install a vinyl privacy fence.


How to Build a Wood Lattice Fence

A cedar fence featuring square lattice and chunky posts creates a decorative yard accent that'll stand up to any climate—and plenty of neighborly ogling


Install a Critter-Proof Garden Fence

Use pressure-treated lumber to build a sturdy post-and-rail enclosure that prevents animals from swiping your veggies


How to Install a Fence Gate

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner install a new gate to fence in her pet dog


How to Use a Post Hole Digger

In this how-to video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to dig fence-post holes

Iron Fences Recast

How to use old ironwork to dress up modern landscapes and interiors

How to Install a Picket Fence

An expert's step-by-step guide to digging postholes and assembling panels for a picket fence